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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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What's On Archive 31 (2010)

31 (2010)/2010
27 August - 2 September
Isolated by Information
Sculptor Nazar Bilyk examines how the information era makes us all lonely


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From THE EDITOR (31) - Editorial
Its our first issue back after our summer break (did you miss us?), and I should be writing about something joyful such as the hot August weve had (although Im not sure how many of you found it that joyful), or all the good things in store for us in autumn. But I am afraid there is something a little less cheerful I feel I must right about, and that is the actions of the local police over the past few months. The police in the centre of Kyiv have always been a shower of shysters, taking every opportunity they can to shake down every foreigner they find while ignoring all circumstances that would require them to do that for which they are actually employed such as law and order and keeping the peace.


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No Gas War this Winter - Whats Up?
As summer draws to an end winter looms in the distance, everything looks peachy between Russia and Ukraine when it comes to energy, and there is about zero chance of another round of gas disputes between the two countries this year.
And while the leaders of the EU countries can sleep easy at night, safe with the fact that the chances of the gas being cut off again are about zero, we here have to ask, at what cost?
Another round of talks between the leaders of Gazprom and Naftogaz took place at the weekend, and while head of the former Alexei Miller says Gazprom is looking for a joint venture between the two companies, Prime President Mr Putin is still pushing for a merger.


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Faith in the Government Plummeting - Whats Up?
According to a poll carried out by the Kyiv-based Razumkov Centre, trust in and approval of the actions of the new government is falling at an astronomic rate. In the first half of the year, Ukraine witnessed a substantial increase in expectations based on the change of government, as back then 42.7% of people approved of what the new regime was doing, with only 32.6% disapproving. But it would appear that those raised expectations have already been trashed, as according to this latest poll, a mammoth 50.4% of Ukrainians now disapprove of the actions of the government, while now only 25.6% approve.


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Changing the Ukrainian Flag - Whats Up?
Yanukovych and his Party of Regions are stepping out of line left, right and centre, and this is what one would call going to far for Independence Day 2010, theyve changed the colour of the Ukrainian flag. The new flag of the nation, apparently, is the same as the old one, but the pale blue weve all become accustomed to has changed to the Party of Regions blue.
The president and his men have delivered bundles of these new flags to every apartment building on Kreshchatyk and instructed the residents that they MUST hang them from their windows on Independence Day.


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Democracy Takes Another Bashing - Whats Up?
Democracy in Ukraine, or even any semblance of it, is quickly disappearing down the toilet with a loud gurgle and a bit of a groan under our new president. With local elections looming, Yanukovych has passed another piece of democracy destroying legislation, this time preventing all parties formed within the last year and any independent candidates from participating. 
The new law, passed at the end of July, prohibits candidates from standing who are not members of a political party registered at least one year before the election. The new law also prevents blocs from putting up candidates (now, only individual parties can compete), and it prevents individual candidates from taking part too as now mayoral candidates can only be nominated by the local branches of political parties.


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Gongadze Again? - Whats Up?
Ukraine celebrated 19 years of independence on 24 August, but it seems that Yanukovychs Party of Regions and its supporters are dragging the country back into the dark ages, using bullyboy business tactics and violently silencing journalists who oppose them.
Vasyl Klymentyev, the editor of the Kharkiv-based weekly newspaper Novyy Styl and outspoken critic of the government, disappeared last week under suspicious circumstances, and the police have now launched a murder investigation.
The disappearance of Klymentyev, who was last seen getting into a BMW with an unknown man, is reminiscent of that of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze who disappeared on 16 September 2000.


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Irish Culture and it's not St. Pats! - Special Feature
The Irish are known for lots of things: good old St. Patrick, the genius that is U2, and their knowhow with the potato. But perhaps what you didnt know is that they seem to have a pretty good handle on the film industry as well. And with the Irishfest Festival of Film Shorts headed our way at the end of this month, you may want to check it out.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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